Aug 18, 2017
LOOKING FOR AN AUTHOR:
OF NON-EXISTENT BOOKS
|FABULOUS BOOKS LOOKING FOR AN AUTHOR is a satirical anthology comprising
44 reviews of books that do not exist, including the fictitious front
covers of those books. It features such diverse topics as literature,
language, music, art, movies, travel, famous people, and science.
as that may seem, Wahlbrinck has got a number of famous predecessors.
Above all, there is "A Perfect Vacuum" ("Doskonala Próznia"), published
in 1973 by the famous Polish author Stanislaw Lem, comprising 16 reviews
of books that were never written. Another one is "Ficciones", published
in 1944 by the renowned Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges.
is a decidedly subtle form of laziness about this kind of literature
which probably induced Wahlbrinck to write his book. Borges himself
explains it in a very ironic way in the prólogo (prologue) to his
“It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing
one, the madness of compos-ing vast books – setting out in 500 pages an
idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better
way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist, and
offer a summary, a commentary on them.“
€ 12 (plus shipping)
cool - I want to buy it
NOTE: This book is also available as an economically priced pdf file
which can swiftly be sent via email attachment. Of course, a pdf file
does not give you the pleasure of holding a real book in your hands.
Then again, it does have advantages - e.g. you can directly click on
all the internet links.
For details contact me.
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